Study psychology and counselling

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We offer programs that are embedded with real experiences, applied research, and comprehensive interpersonal skills.

Why study psychology and counselling at QUT?

  • Opportunity for clinical training or practical experience in hospitals, community agencies, mental health organisations, school, and in QUT Health Clinics.
  • Professionals in health, education and community services can study a Master of Counselling to develop advanced skills in solution-focused and narrative therapies, family therapy, group work and supervision.
  • Our programs are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and, for Master of Counselling, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and the Australian Counselling Association.
  • Join a community with a culture built upon inclusion, diversity and collaboration.

Courses with contemporary curriculum

We are the only university in Queensland to offer a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental), developing expert knowledge in applied psychological principles across the lifespan.

We offer a combined Master of Clinical Psychology and PhD program, in which the research project is linked across the two programs to create a powerful synergy.

The Master of Counselling encourages students to take an applied, experiential focus to their study with an emphasis on solution-focused and narrative therapies, family therapy, group work and supervision.

Work with real clients

You will work with clients at the state-of-the-art Psychology and Counselling Clinic at QUT Health Clinics. Under the supervision of experienced psychologists, you may offer one-on-one and group therapy sessions in psychology, counselling, family therapy, and assessment services.

All of our students have the opportunity to have an international experience. Recently, our students have travelled to Romania, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, China and Bangladesh.

Research with impact

We’re committed to research outcomes that can be translated into practice for immediate effect.

A significant area of focus is improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups including farmers, refugees, persons with disabilities, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our areas of research strength include:

  • Health psychology: health management, attachment, trauma, resilience, occupational health and road safety
  • cognition and cognitive neuroscience: perception, memory, executive functioning, and bilingualism
  • clinical psychology: counselling, mental illness, therapy and addiction
  • developmental and educational psychology: child development and adult education
  • social and community psychology: culture, decision-making, and sustainability.

Our researchers work in leading research facilities including the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI). We are also connected with facilities that are linked to major Brisbane hospitals.

Specialised road safety research

Our Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q) is an Australian leader in road safety research, education and outreach activities. CARRS-Q has had a major impact on road safety and injury prevention policies and practices, through both government and industry linkages.

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